The Hobart and William Smith annual Senior Choreographers Dance Concert will be held at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 28, and Saturday, March 29, in the Winn-Seeley Gym Theater. The Senior Choreographers Concert showcases the choreography of senior dance majors. It is an evening of dance created, performed and produced by William Smith seniors, including Jordann Ayres, from Sussex, N.J.; Phyllis Collins, from Geneva, N.Y.; Kelly Doran, from Rochester, N.Y.; and Erin Law, from Maynard, Mass. This year’s concert is composed of the works of five choreographers, Amanda Herman, from Federal Way, Wash.; Monicka Koneski, from Liverpool, N.Y.; Molly McAndrew, from Moss Beach, Calif.; Indrani Parker, from Sebastian, Fla.; and Elissa Salk (shown), from Chicago, Ill. Admission is free, with a suggested donation to fund improvements in audience seating in the Winn-Seeley Gym Theater.
“Forsaken,” a quartet choreographed by Amanda Herman, fills the stage with images of busy city streets and those that go unnoticed there. With a powerful, unique sound score and emotive gesture “Forsaken” comments both literally and abstractly on the social issues and personal experiences surrounding the homeless. Dancers performing the piece in the upcoming concert are Sara Allen, Kelly Doran, Amanda Herman, and Colleen Wahl.
Monicka Koneski has choreographed a piece to the music titled “Arabia” by Jerry Garcia and David Grisman. Monicka worked with movements that were derived from images inspired by the music, as well as a complex use of space. The piece has a shapely and indulgent feel to it. Including her, it is performed by nine dancers.
“Resolute Image” is a solo choreographed by Molly McAndrew, set to original music by Ken Pendergast. The image of this solo work is discovered and redefined in a pendulum-like swing of the movement. The shape it creates is developed through curves and arches on the floor and air, punctuated by thrusts and leaps into the space.
McAndrew 's second piece is a quintet titled “Record of Density,” in which the bodies cut through the horizontal space of the stage in a strong, yet indirect movement journey. “Record of Density” is performed by Meredith Boggia, McAndrew, Indrani Parker, Elissa Salk and Chevon Stewart to music by Cinematic Orchestra.
Indrani Parker has choreographed a quintet to music by Dave Brubeck. The dancers include Meredith Boggia, Monicka Koneski, Molly McAndrew, Parker, and Elissa Salk. The piece has a life and character of its own as it develops with and parallel to the music. It is in a way an interpretation of various instrumental qualities that make up the composition of the music. The two are intertwined yet stand on their own in this work
Another solo titled “Where I Can Go” is choreographed by Elissa Salk to music by Mouse on Mars. This piece works with the idea of exploring the different shapes the human body can make.